On 30 August 1923, battleship USS Colorado (BB 45) was commissioned.This view, taken from the bridge while Colorado was underway in the early 1920’s, shows water crashing over the bow while the battleship was steaming in heavy seas. NHHC image NH 64514.

On 20 February 1815, United States Frigate Constitution, under command of Captain Charles Stewart, single-handedly captured British ships HMS Cyane and sloop-of-war Levant. This lithograph is by James Queen, after a painting by Thomas Birch, published circa the mid-19th Century by P.S. Duval. It shows Constitution (center) engaging Levant (left) and Cyane (right). U.S. Navy Art collection.

On 23 January 1960 the bathyscaph Trieste descended 35,814 to the deepest part of the ocean, the Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench, off Guam, the deepest point in any of the World’s oceans. This photo shows Trieste just before her record dive, with Lieutenant Don Walsh, USN, and Swiss scientist Jacques Piccard on board. Waves were about five to six feet high when the two men boarded Trieste from the rubber raft seen at left. USS Lewis (DE 535) is steaming by in the background. NHHC image NH 96797.

Trieste is now on permanent display at the National Museum of the United States Navy in Washington, DC.

We recently published a story about Lieutenant Walsh, penned by Norman Polmar, read that story here: http://www.navyhistory.org/2013/01/normans-corner-meeting-don-walsh/

Into the Lion’s Den Exhibit: USS Rowan (DD 782)

We’re moving along rapidly with planning for the new Cold War Gallery exhibit, “Into the Lion’s Den.” The exhibit tells the story of the 1972 raid into Haiphong Harbor by four U.S. Navy warships to shell enemy shore positions. Today, we want to recognize one of the participants in the raid: destroyer USS Rowan (DD 782).

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On 28 March1814, British frigates HMS Phoebe and Cherub captured the U.S. Navy frigage USS Essex off Valparaiso, Chile. Before the capture, Essex, under the command of Captain David Porter, had captured 24 British prizes during the War of 1812 while marauding the Pacific Ocean. This image of the battle is from the Beverley Robinson collection at the United States Naval Academy. Not that the date on the original caption is incorrect.

On 27 March 1794, Congress authorized the construction of 6 frigates for the U.S. Navy, including Constitution. The other five were: United States, Constellation,  Chesapeake, Congress, and President.

This painting of Constitution by Marshall Johnson shows her under sail in the 1840’s. The original painting is in the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, Maryland. NHHC Photo KN-10966.

On 28 February 1893 USS Indiana (BB-1), the first true battleship of the U.S. Navy, was launched. This copy of an 1893 watercolor by Fred S. Cozzens shows USS Cincinnati (C-7), USS Terror (BM-4), and USS Indiana (BB-1). Naval History and Heritage Command Photo NH 74571.

On 24 January 1942, in the Battle of Makassar Strait, destroyers USS John D. Ford, USS Parrott, USS Pope, and USS Paul Jones attacked an anchored Japanese invasion force in the harbor of Balikpapan, Borneo. The high-speed night attack sank 4 of 12 enemy transports, though the number of transports sunk was reduced by poor U.S. torpedoes. This engagement was the first U.S. naval surface engagement in Asian waters since the Spanish-American War. Shown here is a circa 1920 photograph of USS John D. Ford (DD 228) from NHHC photo NH 53933.